Indian schools in Qatar ban mobile phones

Central Board of Secondary Education issues directive citing 'growing misuse'.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  August 10, 2009

All Indian schools in Qatar have banned pupils from using mobile phones on campus, it emerged on Monday.

The move follows a recent communiqué from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which cited the growing misuse of the technology and the culture of indiscipline spreading among students as the reason for the ban, Qatar Tribune reported.

Teaching officials across the Gulf state’s Indian schools have welcomed the ban.

The principal of Birla Public School, AK Shrivastava, told the paper: "In fact, we have already restricted the use of mobile phones in the campus with the students not allowed to bring their mobiles to the school and the teachers instructed to switch off their handsets or put them in silent mode as soon as they enter the school campus.

“All the students who bring mobile phones for any emergency are under orders to deposit their sets with the school reception."

The CBSE claimed that the use of mobile phones interfered with the teaching and learning processes in the classrooms.

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